Marin Cilic, Indian Wells 2016

2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic defeated Richard Gasquet for the first time of his career and reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open. It is only his sixth appearance in a Masters 1000 quarterfinal!

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet
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Rafael Nadal, Indian Wells 2016

So close, so far… Young gun Alex Zverev wasted a matchpoint at 5-3 in the third set and Nadal rallied back to win 6-7 6-0 7-5. A cruel defeat but a learning experience for the 18-year old German, whom many see as a future world number one and Grand Slam champion.
Nadal had to fight deep but he produced a good match. Is the good old Rafa back?

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Alex Zverev

 

Rafael Nadal

Alex Zverev

Rod Laver

Alex Zverev

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Photo credit: Jerry Hammond

Novak Djokovic, Indian Wells 2016

World number one Novak Djokovic struggles a bit but defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber in two sets 7-5 7-5, in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. His next opponent: Feliciano Lopez.

Indian Wells 2016

Philipp Kohlschreiber
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Borna Coric, Indian Wells 2016

Thanks a lot to Tony for sharing his story and pictures!

19-year-old Croatian tennis player Borna Coric is one of tennis’ rising stars. He’s currently the youngest player in the top 50, and he was introduced as one of the ATP’s “Next Generation” of tennis stars in a ceremony at the BNP Paribas Open right after I took these photos. Watching him on the practice court yesterday, I had the same feeling I did when I saw young Novak Djokovic here in 2008. Borna drew quite a large crowd at the small Practice Court 19. Catch him now before he moves on to the big courts!

Borna Coric

 

Borna Coric

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Rafa Nadal, Indian Wells 2016

Thanks a lot to Tony for sharing his story and pictures!

Despite attending the BNP Paribas Open every year since 2008, I have never been in an ideal position to take some good Rafa Nadal photos… until today! Rafa has been working hard on his comeback everyday since Saturday on the practice courts of the BNP Paribas Open. It seems crazy to say a player who’s currently ranked #5 in the world is “working on his comeback,” but that’s how high the bar is for Rafa–who is arguably the G.O.A.T.. It would have been better if there was sunlight on the court instead of shadow, but I’m pretty pleased with the results. I’m also pleased with Rafa’s awesome jersey-style tennis outfit and his $850,000 Richard Mille watch. Just another day in Tennis Paradise!

Rafa Nadal, Feli and Marc Lopez

Rafael Nadal at practice
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Yannick Mertens, Open du Nord 2016

Sadly no wheelchair tennis exhibition ahead of the final like last year. Yannick Mertens breaks early and doesn’t look back: 6-2 6-4 in a bit more than an hour. He wins his 20th Futures-level tournament.

Pas d’exhibition de tennis en fauteuil avant la finale comme l’an dernier, dommage. Une finale sans suspense, qui dure à peine plus d’une heure: Yannick Mertens breake dès le début du premier set et s’impose facilement 6-2 6-4. Il remporte son 20ème tournoi Futures.


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